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Cablegate: April 11 Turkish Govt Statements On Iraq

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

UNCLAS ANKARA 002372

SIPDIS


E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: IZ PGOV PREL TU
SUBJECT: APRIL 11 TURKISH GOVT STATEMENTS ON IRAQ


1. Anatolia News Agency reported that a written press
announcement issued by the Prime Ministry April 11 stated
that GOT military and civilian leaders discussed developments
in Iraq at the meeting held at the Prime Ministry this
morning. The situation in Kirkuk and Mosul was high on the
agenda. According to Anatolian News Agency the statement's
highlights are as follows:


-- "Upon attempts by local powers (note: the Kurds. End note)
to take control of Kirkuk yesterday -- and despite
understandings and agreements reached so far -- (we) have
contacted civilian and military elements of the U.S.
administration. During these contacts Turkey's concerns
regarding the region and particularly with the
above-mentioned cities (sic) were emphasized again, and the
U.S. was asked to fulfill the assurances that it had given to
us;"


-- "The U.S. side told us, as they had assured with us
earlier, that our concerns were taken into consideration and
that they will not allow any faits accompli to occur, (and)
that U.S. forces are being transported to the region rapidly
and that they will control the situation;"


-- "The U.S. side also proposed (the establishment of)
liaison teams of Turkish Armed Forces to join the U.S. forces
to be deployed in the region and to observe the situation on
the spot."


-- The announcement also noted that Turkey has accepted the
offer and that liaison teams will reach their areas of
deployment around 16:00 hrs (Ankara) April 11. It also
stated that developments will be followed in light of the
information provided by these teams.


-- Moreover, "as a result of our initiatives, the local armed
forces which had entered Kirkuk have begun to withdraw. The
same demand was conveyed to the U.S. regarding Mosul. Our
intensive contacts with U.S. officials continue."


-- Turkey's humanitarian assistance to Iraq was also on the
meeting agenda: "Our efforts, which will be important for the
Iraqi people, are continuing in coordination with UN
organizations as well as bilaterally. Within this framework,
more than 500 truckloads of medicine and food have crossed
the Turkish border into northern Iraq."


-- The announcement stated that the security situation in the
region was also discussed. Preparedness levels and
fortification plans for Turkish Armed Forces units along the
border, "in adjacent regions" in southeastern Turkey and in
northern Iraq were reviewed.


2. Independent NTV reported that 3 liaison teams totalling 15
members -- five each in Mosul, Kirkuk, and at General
Osman's Headquarters -- will serve in northern Iraq together
with the U.S. units.


3. Earlier, Deputy PM/FM Abdullah Gul announced that the GOT
summit was chaired by PM Erdogan. Participants included TGS
Chief General Ozkok, Deputy PM Mehmet Ali Sahin, FM Gul,
Defense Minister Gonul, MIT U/S Atasagun, and MFA U/S Ziyal.
Gul stated that Turkish civilian and military officials have
been in and continue to be in contact with their USG
counterparts regarding the situation in Kirkuk and Mosul.
"I've spoken to the Secretary of State (Powell) and the TGS
Chief talked to his counterpart. We reminded them of their
guarantees. They said that those assurances are still
valid." In response to a question, Gul stressed that "the
important thing for Turkey is not to allow any faits
accompli." Gul also announced that he postponed his trip to
Damascus and ruled out speculation that the U.S. made a
recommendation in that regard.
PEARSON

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